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A Cancer Survivor Story: Believe In Yourself

Nov 21, 2007
You are much tougher than you think;period! When faced with prospect of chemo and radiation many of you will think:"I just don't know if I can do it. I have heard such horror stories". The human spirit will rise to the challenge. I have seen this with myself, time and time again, as well as with many cancer patients. You truly don't know what you can and can't do. Watch and see!

When you are in the middle of treatment and it feels like you can not go one more step, that's when you reach out to your Creator and He or She will come. A theme I talk about with many clients: If you come just a little ways, God will come the rest of the way. A cancer journey is an opportunity to find God or deepen your faith. That's one of the gifts that you receive with this challenge. Your faith will never be the same as it was before and you will be much closer to God for the rest of your life.

When you are diagnosed you can easily fall into the hole of "why me". But don't let it last too long, pick yourself up off the canvas. You have one more round in you. I know it! The "why me" frame of mind will only make the journey more difficult. Look for the gift no matter how small. That gift will take you up a few floors and out the basement of despair. That higher view will let you see the big picture; it will let you get more perspective. You will have many decisions to make and you always want to make them from a place of calm, not one of panic.

If you get into a low mood, wait till it shifts. I promise you it will! When you feel better, then and only then take a look at your treatment choices or any decision you are faced with this on the journey.
Sometimes illness is way your spirit is trying to get your attention. So pay attention, my friends! Listen and listen more to what your spirit is trying tell you. There is a message waiting but it might be one you don't want to hear! Does it take courage to listen? Yes, but remember you are naturally courageous! I will say it again: you have courage!

Ask the question: "What is this gift in this?" The answer is the first step to healing. I promise you the answer is inside of you. Let your wisdom offer it to you!
About the Author
Gregory Drambour is the author of THE WOODSTOCK BRIDGE, the well-acclaimed book about Native American Spirituality. He is a cancer survivor and owner of Sedona Sacred Journeys and guide on your Cancer Healing Retreats and Illness Healing Retreats. For more inspirational stories go to:Sedona Sacred Journeys
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